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Gem Appraisal Laboratory, Ltd.
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Gem Appraisal Laboratory, Ltd. is one of fewer than thirty Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser (ICGA) firms in the United States and Canada that is accredited by the prestigious American Gem Society. Our staff gemologist has been employed in the jewelry industry since 1971 and holds the titles of Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser, and Advanced Personal Property Appraiser both issued by the American Gem Society (The title of Graduate Gemologist GIA is a prerequisite for the AGS titles) and is a Certified member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA).
Meeting the criteria for an ICGA is not an easy task and requires professional training, experience, on-going education and a stringent list of required equipment.
We specialize in insurance appraisals, estate appraisals, fair market appraisals and equitable distribution appraisals of jewelry, diamonds, and colored gemstones such as ruby, sapphire, emerald, and tanzanite, as well as quality verification, gem identification, damage reports and loss reports.
Why do we feel AGS is so important? "When I first joined AGS I was impressed by how it stressed both ethics and education of its members in order to inform/educate the customer during the purchase process. Years later as I decided to become a full time appraiser I was again impressed when AGS created the ICGA designation and restricted it to appraising only and not allowing buying or selling of jewelry to remove any possibility of bias." All titles “Certified” by AGS must be renewed annually. This process involves continuing education on new developments in all areas of the industry and successfully passing a written examination!
The elite group of Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser (ICGA) firms does not buy or sell jewelry. They are dedicated to providing their clients with reliable and professional independent appraisal services.
We encourage you to be present when we perform your appraisal or consultation. Clients will send items to us but you are lucky if you are close by. We have had clients drive over 200 miles to use our services! Being present during the procedure allows you to see how involved the appraisal process is and can generate new questions to ask.